Probiotics and Acne: The Ultimate Guide

Probiotics & Acne

In many cases, acne can be at least partially traced back to problems in the gut, and taking probiotics to treat acne may be one of the most important things you can do.

You body is made up of hundreds of trillions of bacteria. Most of us think of bacteria as a bad thing, but your body (and particularly your gut) is also made up of good bacteria which is absolutely essential to your health and wellbeing.

The good bacteria in your gut help you digest your food and absorb nutrients, boost your immune system, and eat up bad bacteria. They also help you to avoid digestive issues like diarrhea, constipation, IBS, lactose intolerance, and leaky gut.

When your gut is in balance, the good bacteria should outnumber the bad guys about 5 to 1, but when this is not the case, the bad bacteria can cause a host of gut issues – and since our body is holistic, the issues can stem out from there to the rest of the body and wreak havoc.

The skin is particularly linked to the gut and a poor bacterial balance can heavily promote inflammation in the skin. For a lot of people with acne, fixing up this ratio in the gut can go a HUGE way to clearing your skin. [Read more...]

Ask the Readers: How Long to Stick With Acne Supplements to See Results?

How long to stick with supplements?This month’s ‘Ask the Readers’ question is about how long to stick with taking a supplement for your acne (submit your own question here).

When is the right time to call it quits if it doesn’t seem to be working?

I have cystic acne all along my lower jawline area. I’m sure it’s hormonal since It comes on really bad once a month. I never had this problem until about a year ago..I am 36 years old.

I started taking Thorne SAT and the Estroblock supplements about one month ago and haven’t seen much change yet.

How long would you recommend sticking with it to see if I get good results?

Kelly K.

So friends… how long do you think you should stick with a supplement to see if it works? (I don’t mean just these Thorne SAT and Estroblock, but any supplement)

Please share in the comments below! And if you have specific experience with the two supplements mentioned please share that as well! [Read more...]

Vitamin Injections: An Unexpected Acne Cure for the Optimist

Vitamin Injections Acne CureThis is a reader story from Jessica. Click here to submit your own reader story to be featured on The Love Vitamin!

Let me tell you a story—an ironic, surprising story. This is the story of how a medical diagnosis and the accompanying treatment plan killed two birds with one stone.

More importantly, this is also a story about staying optimistic despite acne—about letting the right treatment come to you when you are ready for it.

It’s A Little Bit Funny

I am a freelance writer who specializes in health and fitness topics. I came into this career with a fair amount of health-related knowledge. And since this job requires me to stay on top of all the latest heath trends, discoveries, and fads, I do quite a bit of research.

One of my favorite topics to write about is vitamin deficiencies. I travel a lot and have seen firsthand the devastating side effects of poor nutrition. If there is anything I can do to help prevent people from suffering that same fate, I do what I can.

Therefore, you can imagine my surprise when I went to the doctor and found I had a vitamin deficiency! It was like the Field of Dreams all over again…if you write about it, it will come.

The doctor needlessly explained my condition to me. Once he said I had a vitamin B12 deficiency, I felt like smacking myself on the head. Of course I had a B12 deficiency. While I hadn’t gone completely vegan, my diet was definitely more plant based than it used to be.

Since vitamin B12 is only found in animal products—eggs, milk, poultry, beef, fish, etc.—I was missing out on a vital nutrient. [Read more...]

How to Do a Modified Caveman Regimen

Modified Caveman RegimenThe caveman regimen. You either love the idea or think it’s the grossest thing you’ve ever heard of.

The latter seems to be a popular reaction from women, as we have been collectively brainwashed since birth that mounds of products are a necessity for beauty.

Many men don’t use any products or make any kind of point to wash their face… and no one thinks it’s gross or that their skin looks like a hideous mess. In fact, most of the time it looks way better than ours.

So seriously – why do women have to use products and soaps and fancy-this-and-that in order to be beautiful??


But whatever you think is okay with me. I haven’t washed my face in more than two years and I’m never going back. My face looks great, I couldn’t be happier with how easy my (lack of) skin care routine is, and I’m not the only one – many others are incredibly happy about their success with it too, like this guy, and this gal.

I encourage you to read the second article from a gal named Kearby, who wrote on her website how much caveman principles have helped her with her acne.

Notice I said “priniciples”. She didn’t do what I would call a “puritanical” version of the caveman regimen, where you go for an initial thirty days without washing your face at all, no water on it, no touching your face, and absolutely no products on it.

She did what I would call a modified caveman regimen. And it still worked great for her. [Read more...]

New Caveman Regimen Guide Now Available + Everything is 30% Off

Hey lovely, just letting you know that the brand new Caveman Regimen: The Ultimate Guide is now available! If you want naturally clear skin without the lengthy skin routine and feel truly liberated from acne for the first time ever, then click here :)

The new guide will be available for 30% off the regular price, and in celebration, all my other ebooks are on sale for 30% off too! Check them all out here. Sale ends at midnight EST, Sunday July 6th. Don’t miss out!

Ask The Readers: What to Do About Hot & Humid Summertime Acne?

Summertime BreakoutsHey Love Vitamins!

This is the first edition of a new feature on the site called “Ask the Readers”, where you can ask a question and the Love Vitamin community will respond with their experiences, opinions, and advice! I would like to post one of these about once a month.

If you want to submit your own reader question, head on over to the ‘Ask the Readers’ page!

I chose the following question because it’s something I genuinely am not sure of the answer to. My skin personally likes hot and humid weather, but some people’s skin just hates it resulting in mad summertime breakouts.

My feeling is that all the holistic health stuff we talk about on The Love Vitamin would be the answer to stop these kinds of breakouts, but beyond that I am actually at a loss for specific advice. I just don’t have experience with it.

So here is the question: [Read more...]

How to Stop Breaking Out When You Eat Unhealthy Food

How to Stop Breaking Out When You Eat Unhealthy FoodOkay, so lately we’ve been talking about relaxing on your acne diet, repairing your unhealthy relationship with food, and healing the fearful emotions that are causing you to be so strict and scared about what you eat.

But the question is …. what happens if you actually do legitimately, and significantly break out every single time you indulge in unhealthy food?

I’m not talking about you just *thinking* you break out. When you put so much emphasis on your diet, it’s so easy to get paranoid and wrongly attribute a breakout you would have gotten anyway to this food or that food.

But for example if you have very clear skin as long as you eat a certain way, and it is completely obvious that you do in fact break out shortly after indulging in “unhealthy” food…

What do you do?

Well in my opinion, it may be caused by one of these three things (or a combination of them): [Read more...]

How Self Acceptance Changed My Skin and My Life

Self Acceptance Changed my Skin and Life

This is a guest post by Samantha Lahonen, a registered holistic nutritionist who blogs over at

Here is my acne story; the first time I am sharing it with the world – it’s scary but exciting! My hope is that after hearing my story at least one person will come to transform their life as I have mine.

At the budding age of 15 my body decided it had something to teach me, so it decorated my face with a bout of acne that would pursue for the next five years.

As a health nut, naturally I spent the first four of those years trying every holistic skin remedy I could get my hands on.

I switched to a vegan diet, bought an aloe vera plant, took supplements, read books on health, meditated, exercised, attended the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition to become an RHN… until I lived and breathed the mantra “clear my acne.”

I spent those first four years hiding my face behind makeup, ashamed. I felt like showing my real skin was somehow offensive and that I would be unworthy of my friends and my boyfriend if they could see who I really was. [Read more...]

How to Heal Emotionally From the Fear of Acne

Heal emotionally from fear of acneAs a continuation of the last post, where I shared with you the major ways in which I repaired my unhealthy relationship with food, we’re going to discuss more ways in which you can work on healing the fearful emotions that go along with acne.

After all, the reason people end up with such fearful relationships with food, is not so much the food itself, but because of the fear of how acne makes us feel. And we feel like we can control those feelings if we control the food.

So the key to happy life is not controlling the food, but healing the fear and emotions.

Become Your Authentic Self (Let Go of Your “Image”)

I should have put this in the last post about how I healed my relationship with food, but the post was getting too long, so it’s in this one instead.

One of the biggest reasons acne has been so painful for me is because I have always had this image in my mind of how I wanted to be…. and well… part of that is that I wanted people (and men) to think I was beautiful and sexy!

I’m sure I’m not the only one, considering how bombarded we are these days with images of “perfect” people everywhere, making us feel like our looks are our only worth.

And that’s why acne makes us feel like such garbage, because it’s in direct opposition to that image. [Read more...]

How I Repaired My Unhealthy Relationship With Food

Repair Unhealthy Relationship with Food

Last week, we talked about how a lot of people who eat healthy to clear their skin actually have a very unhealthy relationship with food.

They’re scared to make any mistakes with food. They’re terrified of eating anything unhealthy, ever. Even if it’s a dessert with their family at Mother’s Day, or a slice of cake at their own wedding.

There are many people in the world who just eat healthy without making it into a big ordeal, but with acne, there is so much emotion involved that it makes eating healthy into something that is very stressful; neurotic; full of guilt and fear.

I think it’s much healthier (for your skin and sanity) to not be so strict about food; it’s better to get to a point where you eat healthy most of the time but don’t feel deprived. Just relax a little!

But no matter how much I say that, it won’t make a difference unless you find a way to heal the emotions behind the behaviour and release that fear. Because it is truly about the fear; not the food.

As I was saying in the last article, the only reason that I can now be lenient with my diet without freaking out about it is because I finally emotionally healed from that fear. I used to be terrified of breaking the “rules” with my diet. Just terrified.

So how did I get over it and manage to repair my relationship with food? [Read more...]